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  • Gay Catholics Push for Church Weddings

    07/28/2015 3:06:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 117 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    When the Supreme Court ruling came down in late June, extending the right to marriage to members of the same sex in all 50 states, some observers felt that the Catholic Church was fairly immune to any requirements that it would have to allow same-sex weddings before her altars. Now, though, calls for the Church to allow such nuptials are bubbling up. How far they will get is another question. The issue was raised Tuesday by a report in the New York Times that featured “gay and transgender Catholics” who are making noises with the approaching visit to these shores...
  • One American Territory is Holding Out on Same-Sex "Marriage" Decision

    07/10/2015 3:05:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 11, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Some states already had legalized same-sex “marriage” before the Supreme Court’s ruling at the end of June. Other states had to start accomodating them. And then there are the American territories. Most have voluntarily complied with the Supreme Court decision, according to the Associated Press: In Puerto Rico, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order soon after the ruling. U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp has signed a similar executive order. In Guam, there is no effort to ignore or challenge the ruling, said territorial legislative Vice Speaker Benjamin F. Cruz, who is gay. The Commonwealth of the Northern...
  • Judge Who Declined to Perform Lesbian Wedding Must Resign, Says Gay Advocate

    07/10/2015 2:59:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 11, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    It's a judge's duty to preside at the marriages of any couple that comes to him—heterosexual or homosexual—and if he is unwilling to do so, he "needs to step down.” That is the view of the  executive director of the LGBT rights group Equality Toledo,  Nick Komives, reacting to news of a Toledo, Ohio, judge who excused himself from the civil marriage ceremony of two lesbians.  “They didn’t deserve to be humiliated; they didn’t deserve to be inconvenienced,” Komives told the Toledo Blade. “That’s just wrong, and we won’t tolerate it. It is his duty to perform this ceremony, and...
  • Episcopalians Vote to Allow Gay Weddings

    07/02/2015 2:40:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 1, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson with a friend The AP reports here from the Episcopal Church’s General Convention  that the Episcopal Church of the USA is now formally permitting same sex weddings.  Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.the House of Bishops prayed and debated the issue for five hours earlier this week before passing it on to the House of Deputies.The Rev. Bonnie Perry of Chicago, a lesbian married to a...
  • A Letter to the Gay Community from a Loving Daughter (2nd mom doesn't replace dad I lost)

    07/02/2015 2:26:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 2, 2015 | SHEILA LIAUGMINAS
    Read this open letter to the Gay Community from a loving daughter.   She wonders why there isn’t more attention on the rest of this story, namely the children raised by two mothers or two fathers.   Same-sex marriage and parenting withholds either a mother or father from a child while telling him or her that it doesn’t matter. That it’s all the same. But it’s not. A lot of us, a lot of your kids, are hurting. My father’s absence created a huge hole in me, and I ached every day for a dad. I loved my mom’s...
  • What the Catholic Church does (and does not) teach about same-sex marriage

    06/28/2015 2:23:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | June 26, 2015 | Jennifer Manning
    If you are a Catholic, chances are you may be bombarded with questions at your local cookout this weekend, thanks to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage today.  In case you are a little rusty, here are a few talking points on what the Catholic Church does and does not teach regarding same-sex marriage. I base much of this on the amicus brief submitted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for Obergefell vs. Hodges. If you find yourself at all struggling to understand or to explain the Church’s stance on same-sex marriage and want a more detailed...
  • (Catholic Canon Lawyer) Ed Peters on SCOTUS Obergefell v. Hodges

    06/27/2015 2:43:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 26, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Canonist Ed Peters has comments on SCOTUS decision today.  Read the whole thing over there, but… here: Two thoughts re the Supreme Court decision on ‘same-sex marriage’[..]Of course, the Court has not yet reached the end of its marriage line, for yet to come are “marriages” between siblings, parents and children, groups of people, and so on, but come they will, [….]Anyway, I make here two points especially for Catholics.First, we need to recall that the State has long recognized as married some persons who are not married, namely, when the State allows divorced persons simply to remarry. We have lived...
  • You Will Be Assimilated (same-sex marriage bait-and-switch)

    06/14/2015 3:10:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 22, 2015 | JONATHAN V. LAST
    You may recall Brendan Eich. The cofounder and CEO of Mozilla was dismissed from his company in 2014 when it was discovered that, six years earlier, he had donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 campaign. That ballot initiative, limiting marriage to one man and one woman, passed with a larger percentage of the vote in California than Barack Obama received nationally in 2012. No one who knew Eich accused him of treating his gay coworkers badly—by all accounts he was kind and generous to his colleagues. Nonetheless, having provided modest financial support to a lawful ballot initiative that passed with a...
  • After Gay Marriage, Is Polyamory (Group Marriage) Next?

    06/09/2015 5:11:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Aleteia ^ | June 9, 2015 | CAROLYN MOYNIHAN
    Improbable? Preposterous? Alarmist? Perhaps. But by no means illogical.The success of the same-sex marriage campaign in Ireland has advocates elsewhere in a state of high excitement, predicting that the rest of the (Western) world must quickly fall into line and legalise this concept. What then?As we know, there is a long line of “love” interest groups waiting to stake their claims for social recognition, and at the head of the queue are polyamorists.In fact, just before the Irish voted, The Independent (Ireland) ran a long feature story about the Emerald Isle’s polyamory community. Jade-Martina Lynch, who has achieved a modest amount of...
  • Pope Francis’ US envoy rebuffed gay campaign for him to back out of March for Marriage

    04/28/2015 2:11:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    The Human Rights Campaign claimed Archbishop Vigano would 'further politicize differences' between the US and the Vatican by supporting Church teaching on marriage. - Pete Baklinski / LifeSiteNews April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- In the days leading up to this past weekend’s March for Marriage, the homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign petitioned the Holy Father to keep his ambassador to the US from participating in the annual event supporting natural marriage.To the displeasure of the pro-homosexual group, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was among the special guests at the third annual march in Washington...
  • Oregon Couple Fined $135 K for Refusing to Bake Cake, GoFundMe Pulls Plug Too

    04/28/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 28, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A married couple is at risk of losing everything including their home after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. And on top of that, after being fined $135,000, GoFundMe.com pulled a fundraising effort for the couple because of...tolerance or something. Todd Starnes reports:The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them...
  • What's at Stake as Supreme Court Considers Marriage Tomorrow?

    04/27/2015 11:00:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Does the United States Constitution require states to allow members of the same sex to marry each other? Does the Constitution require states to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were legally married in another state? These are the two questions the Supreme Court of the United States will ponder as it listens to oral arguments Tuesday. It seems simple. But the roads that have led to this point have been anything but. After years of legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage, many of them successful, as well as voter referendums in which the traditional definition of marriage has...
  • Archbishop Kurtz on March for Marriage: Sacrament is much more than "adult friendship"

    04/26/2015 4:14:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2015 | Adelaide Mena
    Crowds hold signs in defense of traditional marriage at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Credit: Adelaide Mena/CNA Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A diverse crowd of thousands of people from across the U.S. gathered in front of the US Capitol to speak and stand in defense of marriage on Saturday. “We have too long taken for granted the gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNA. The Archbishop cautioned that...
  • Thousands to join March for Marriage in D.C. Sat. under shadow of Supreme Court hearing

    04/24/2015 3:40:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    LIFe Site News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Dustin Siggins
    April 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - On Saturday, thousands of pro-family Americans are expected to flock to Washington, D.C. for the third annual March for Marriage.Organized by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), March-related events will begin at noon, with a rally from 12:00-1:00, and then the march itself at 1:00. Participants will gather at the mall in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments as to whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex "marriage," or if states should be allowed to make their own marriage policy.The will take place...
  • Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

    04/24/2015 3:18:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican. News of the private audience, which was kept strictly confidential, was reported April 22 by the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé, although the magazine said that the meeting took place April 18. A source from the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA that the meeting actually took place in the late evening of April 17, and confirmed that it...
  • Hillary Clinton Hopes Supreme Court Will Okay Same-Sex Marriage

    04/16/2015 1:09:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 15, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Barack Obama paved the way, and now Hillary too has "evolved" on the position of redefining marriage to include two persons of the same sex. "Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right," Adrienne Elrod, a Clinton spokeswoman, said in a statement, CNN reported.  Clinton, like Obama, opposed same-sex "marriage" in 2008, the last time she made a run for the White House. She supported the idea of civil unions instead and did not proclaim her personal support for same-sex "marriage" until she retired as...
  • Church braces for same-sex marriage decision (from SCOTUS)

    04/09/2015 2:32:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    OSV ^ | April 9, 2015 | RUSSELL SHAW
    Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks at the March for Marriage near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., last June. CNS photo Same-sex marriage currently is legal in 36 states — or 37, depending on the outcome of a dispute between state and federal courts in Alabama. But in only 11 of those states was it legalized by referendums or legislation. In the others, it was imposed by courts.It is generally expected, though not certain, that the Supreme Court soon will follow this pattern and impose same-sex marriage nationwide. The court on April 28 will devote two...
  • The Reign of Gay and the RFRA: Round-up and Reflections

    04/09/2015 11:47:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 8, 2015 | Carl E. Olson
    • A year ago today, I posted what was probably my most controversial editorial: "Welcome to the Reign of 'Gay'". With that in mind, it seems fitting that my first "Carl's Cuts" in several months takes a look at recent controversies over the spreading Reign. • I first read about Indiana's Senate Bill 101—aka, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)—via a sports news feed on my iPhone. The headline referenced "Indiana's anti-gay law", but the article did not explain what the law actually stated. Instead, it had quotes from sports commentators gravely uttering banalities and clichés—something, admittedly, they do...
  • The Gay Agenda: What Does the Rainbow Flag Mean?

    04/03/2015 3:01:00 PM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 24 replies
    Free Republic | April 3, 2015 | Self
    Have you wondered why militant GLBT activists adopted something as seemingly benign as a rainbow, incorporated it into a flag and attempt to use it as a statement for "equality"? Like many and movements symbols, origins and meanings use by those movements are not necessarily what they purport to be. In fact, sometimes they are outright lies. The current politically correct meaning of the rainbow flag is as follows. Now of course such terms seem perfectly innocent. Who could possibly disagree with any of the above concepts or words? You're not against sunshine and nature are you? If you do...
  • Gay Activists, Corporations Rip Indiana Law for Extending Religious Protections

    03/28/2015 4:22:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    Gay activists and corporate leaders assailed a new Indiana allows that extends legal protections to religious business owners and individuals and vowed to boycott the state, according to CNBC. The law, signed by Pence on Thursday, allows businesses to use an owner's faith as a reason to refuse service to customers, including same-sex married couples. The law risks setting off a business chill in the state, with money-making conferences and major corporations threatening to pull out. Big corporations were among the loudest critics. Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins, the world's largest diesel engine maker, opposed the new law in strong terms. "Cummins believes...
  • Speaker at LA Arch conf says Catholic teaching on homosexuality is ‘abusive’ and ‘gravely evil’

    03/18/2015 1:40:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 18, 2015 | Steve Weatherb
    Arthur Fitzmaurice criticized the Church’s 'poor and dangerous theology' on homosexuality. LOS ANGELES, March 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A speaker at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles annual conference for religious educators on the weekend denounced the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, saying the Catechism’s language on the issue is “abusive” and “gravely evil.”Speaking at the conference of 800 catechists from the U.S. and Canada, Arthur Fitzmaurice, the resource director for the Oakland-based Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry a former co-chair of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons, criticized what he called the...
  • Famous fashion duo attacked for opposition to gay adoption and IVF

    03/16/2015 1:42:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 16, 2015 | Mary Jo Anderson
    A screen shot of the website of the Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana, which states, "The family is our point of reference" (www.dolcegabbana.com/dgfamily/) One of the world's most famous and prestigious fashion houses has come under barrage of harsh and angry attacks after stating to the Italian press that, "The only family is the traditional one." Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of the Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana are themselves gay men. All the more surprising, then, that other high profile homosexuals should create a social media tsunami against the pair. Elton John, the English singer and...
  • I stand with Archbishop Cordileone! (Show your support by signing the petition)

    03/06/2015 1:34:32 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 6, 2015
    Background:San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, well-known for his uncompromising defense of orthodox Catholic teaching and pro-life and pro-family values, urgently needs your help!Gay activists, politicians and dissident Catholics have launched an all-out media attack campaign against the archbishop after he recently announced that he wants to codify a long-standing, commonsense expectation that Catholic schoolteachers in his diocese uphold and display public integrity regarding Catholic teachings on a wide variety of topics.This includes Catholic teaching on controversial issues like abortion, contraception, chastity, and same-sex “marriage,” as well the Eucharist and the teaching authority of the Church.Opponents of the archbishop are...
  • A Child of Gay Parents Writes to Justice Kennedy (in support of traditional family)

    02/27/2015 2:51:13 PM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 27, 2015 | KATY FAUST
    Dear Justice Kennedy,June is nigh, and with it will comes your ruling on the most contentious political issue of our time: marriage.I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you said “the voice of those children [of same-sex parents] is important.” I’d like to explain why I think redefining marriage would actually serve to strip these children of their most fundamental rights.It’s very difficult to speak about this subject, because I love my mom. Most of us children...
  • Pope's Shocking Hitler Youth Comparison (Pope blasts gender theory. Media blasts Pope)

    02/21/2015 1:22:04 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    DailyBeast ^ | February 20, 2015
    The pontiff has a bad habit of dissing women and marginalizing sexual minorities. Is he as liberal as his image suggests?News emerged last week that Pope Francis has strongly criticized modern theories of gender, comparing them to the educational policies of Hitler and the destructive possibilities of the nuclear arms race.In an interview included in a new book by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, and released in part in the Italian daily La Stampa, Francis compared gender theory to nuclear arms: “Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few...
  • What to do if the Supreme Court approves "same-sex marriage"?

    02/19/2015 3:47:49 PM PST · by NYer · 86 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 19, 2015 | Russell Shaw
    Visitors line up outside U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Oct. 6, 2014, to get a seat inside to watch oral arguments on the first day of the new term. (CNS/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises an obvious question for the Catholic Church: What do we do now? Two steps come to mind. First, press for strong legal protections for individuals and institutions conscientiously unable to cooperate with a legal regime that requires sweeping concessions to the LGBT agenda. Second, give serious thought...
  • No grand bargain with the sexual revolutionaries [Biblical Studies Prof: LDS culturally naive]

    01/28/2015 8:34:23 PM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    DennyBurk.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | Denny Burk
    Yesterday, Mormon leaders announced a kind of via media on gay rights. In a public statement, leaders agreed to …support legislation where it is being sought to provide protections in housing, employment and some other areas where LGBT people do not have protections, while ensuring that religious freedom is not compromised.In other words, the church proposes to give a little in order to get a little. If I understand their statement of principles correctly, they are now willing to acknowledge sexual orientation as a protected class along with religion, race, and sex. They are willing to do this in certain...
  • The Totalitarianism of Same-Sex “Marriage” (what has happened in Canada since 2005)

    01/27/2015 9:54:09 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 27, 2015 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    In November of 1996 First Things hosted a symposium titled “The Judicial Usurpation of Politics” in which contributors discussed the threat to American democracy posed by the Supreme Court instated imposition of abortion on America. Nothing rivals the sheer volume of innocent human beings killed by abortion and yet First Things saw fit to focus not on the babies themselves or the mothers and fathers, but on the threat to democracy and the American experiment posed by the judicial over-reach that legalized abortion.The legalization of same-sex “marriage” does not bring with it the innocent blood which cries to heaven,...
  • US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex 'Marriage'

    01/17/2015 3:22:48 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Zenit ^ | January 17, 2015
    Archbishop: "It's hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage ... consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal" Washington, D.C., January 17, 2015 (Zenit.org) | 192 hits The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The decision regarding same-sex marriage is expected in June or July.Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and...
  • Russian Orthodox Condemn Pro-Homosexual UN Children’s Fund

    01/03/2015 5:13:13 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | January 2, 2015 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    As Christians around the world got ready to contemplate the innocence of the child Jesus, last week the Russian Orthodox Church took on a UNICEF paper that says children have LGBT rights.The Patriarch’s Commission on the Family of the Russian Orthodox Church released a scathing statement criticizing a UNICEF position paper that urges countries to protect LGBT rights because, it says, it is in the “best interests of children.” The Commission turns the tables on UNICEF and says: “Placing children to be raised by same-sex couples is a gross violation of the rights and interests of a child.”The Orthodox Commission...
  • Gay activists urge UN to declare ‘reparative therapy’ a form of torture

    11/14/2014 3:56:45 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    LIFe Site News ^ | November 14, 2014 | AustIN RUSE
    American activists against “reparative therapy” asked the UN Committee on Torture to define the practice as a form of torture and a violation of international law. At issue is the treatment sought by persons who struggle with unwanted same-sex desires. Many therapists still offer the treatment to those who ask for it, even though professional organizations for the therapeutic community say same-sex desire is not a form of mental illness and discourage this kind of therapy. There is a movement in the United States to ban all such therapy by law. Already, New Jersey and California have banned reparative therapy...
  • Six North Carolina judges quit after gay ‘marriage’ legalized

    10/31/2014 4:33:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of a federal court decision legalizing same-sex “marriage” in North Carolina, at least six judges in the state have resigned rather than be forced to officiate such unions. All stepped down, since October 10, because they believe marriage is a union between one man and one woman. They are: John Kallam Jr. (Rockingham County), Gilbert Breedlove (Swain County), Bill Stevenson (Gaston County), Tommy Holland (Graham County), Gayle Myrick (Union County) and Jeff Powell (Jackson County). The decision wasn’t easy for Stevenson, whose family depends on his $50,000 per year salary as their primary income. "I prayed about...
  • Film on LGBT Mormons to screen at BYU

    10/28/2014 5:28:11 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 47 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Simon Liu
    The Department of Theatre and Media Arts is releasing the first public screening of the student film “Pride and Faith” on Oct. 24. The documentary, written and directed by BYU alumnus Scott Raia, explores the complex lives of two LGBT students as they reconcile their identity and faith. Raia filmed “Pride and Faith” during his senior year for his capstone project as a film student. He hoped to become an ally of the LGBT community after broadening his awareness on the subject. “As I prepared for graduation, I looked to my future and some of my friends and their futures,”...
  • Our anger, fragility – and the remedy (Cardinal Dolan and St. Patrick's Day Parade)

    09/09/2014 2:31:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | September 8, 2014 | Robert Royal
    A highly intelligent woman, who doesn’t particularly follow ecclesial politics, surprised me the other day. Hearing about Cardinal Dolan’s acceptance of gays marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, she said casually, “there’s going to be a schism in the Church.” An overreaction, to be sure, but she’s far from the only one to be shocked.A priest – steady of judgment – writes to me that since the announcement last week, “I’m meeting a lot of angry people.” The constant challenges to the Church’s teaching authority and countercultural truth-telling produces anger. Real anger. And internal Church weakness – especially in...
  • Christian Bakery That Refused Gay Wedding Cakes Now Bakes Ex-Gay Cakes

    07/26/2014 4:04:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | July 26, 2014 | Michael Allen
    Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Christian-owned bakery, closed its doors earlier this year after its owners Aaron and Melissa Klein were found guilty of violating gay people's rights by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.The Kleins refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013, which resulted in the complaint against them.However, the bakery, now called "Sweet Cakes," continues to exist as an online business.According to The Advocate, the bakery recently posted a picture on its Facebook page of some goods that it recently made for the Restored Hope Network, an ex-gay organization, and added...
  • First Kiwi lesbian “marriage” over already?

    07/21/2014 10:00:14 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 31 replies
    Conjugality ^ | 17 July, 2014 | Carolyn Moynihan
    New Zealand’s first same-sex “marriage” is shaping up to become the country’s first same-sex divorce. Less than a year since they became the poster girls for the country’s new legal definition of marriage (last August) the NZ Herald reports that Melissa Ray, a former Ferns football player, and Natasha Vitali, a sales rep, are “believed to have split”. The main source of the story appears to be Ms Vitali’s Facebook page on which the following poem appeared yesterday: Drink it down, laugh it off, Avoid the drama, take chances, And never have regrets Because at one point everything you did...
  • Gay domestic violence: the hatred that dare not speak its name

    07/21/2014 9:50:21 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 12 replies
    On Line Opinion ^ | 22 July, 2014 | B. Terpstra
    To be clear, in America's polite upper-middleclass circles, gay domestic violence is the hatred that dare not speak its name. Ditto "progressive" Australia. For the media class, at least, would prefer to talk about white picket fences, rainbow flags and same-sex wedding cakes. The message: Think pretty things. Still, even MSNBC can't wish away ugliness. As one underreported UCLA study found: Although reported incidences of intimate partner violence, or IPV, are widespread, especially among women and certain ethnic groups, reported IPV was surprisingly high among lesbians, gays and bisexuals in California, who are almost twice as likely to experience violence...
  • New Film Shows How to Leave the Gay Life Behind

    07/18/2014 2:27:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 18, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    The modern day LGBT movement wants you to believe that the people featured in the new documentary “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” really don’t exist. They are figments of the fevered imaginations of the Christian right.Meet Dan, Rilene and Paul, all refugees from deep enmeshment in the LGBT life, each finding a home in sexual sobriety and, not incidentally, the Catholic Church.It is impossible to watch this important documentary without tears, and not sad tears either, but happy ones, tears that come from a joyful movement of the spirit.These are people who have been deeply wounded by the choices...
  • The Gender Confusion Challenge to Army Recruitment

    07/17/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 17, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    One thing that you can say for ISIS, the Middle-East terrorist army, is that it doesn’t have a recruitment problem. Young men are streaming to Syria and Iraq from all over the world to join the cause. And they come not just from the Muslim world, but also from England, France, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S.Perhaps hoping to put a dent in the appeal of ISIS, some Western newspapers have made much of the expensive stolen watch visible on the wrist of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during his first public appearance at the Grand Mosque in Mosul. According to...
  • Singapore archbishop: ‘I am not at liberty to change the truth’ about sexual relationships

    07/09/2014 2:27:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 9, 2014 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    SINGAPORE – In a pastoral letter addressed to Catholics with same-sex orientation issued on July 3rd, the Archbishop of Singapore William Goh apologized if he had hurt anyone with the way he expressed himself in a previous pastoral letter on the family, which had also addressed homosexuality. However, he again strongly reaffirmed the Church's teachings on sexuality, and announced the formation of a new ministry dedicated to helping individuals with same-sex attraction to live a sexually chaste lifestyle. "I apologize if my initial statement conveyed insensitivity as, from your feedback, I have come to realize that there is much...
  • US TAKES GAY RIGHTS GLOBAL, DESPITE UNSURE WELCOME

    06/28/2014 6:29:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    AP ^ | June 28, 2014 | VANESSA GERA
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- President Barack Obama's administration has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn't been won at home. Sometimes U.S. advice and encouragement is condemned as unacceptable meddling. And sometimes it can seem to backfire, increasing the pressure on those it is meant to help.With gay pride parades taking place in many cities across the world this weekend, the U.S. role will be more visible than ever. Diplomats will take part in parades and some embassies will fly the rainbow flag along with the...
  • What does the new synod working document tell us about what will happen in October? (Cath Caucus)

    06/27/2014 2:16:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 27, 2014 | LUKE COPPEN
    Cardinal Baldisseri discusses the working document yesterday (CNS) The Vatican has released the eagerly awaited instrumentum laboris, or working document, of the family synod in October. The 73-page text, which takes about an hour to read, consists of 159 numbered paragraphs, divided into three sections. The first is devoted to “the Gospel of the Family”, the second to challenges to family life, and the third to “openness to life” and parental responsibility.The document is based on responses to questions in the synod’s preparatory document, released last November. It’s written primarily for the select group who will take part in October’s...
  • Will Cardinal Dolan Do Anything about St. Francis and their Celebration of NYC "Pride"? [Cath Cauc]

    06/17/2014 2:54:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | June 17, 2014
    I've been posting about Manhattan's homosexual parish, St. Francis Xavier run by the Jesuits. (See here, here, here, and here.) It's a scandal, but Cardinal Dolan seems to have no problem with it. No discipline for the priests there promoting homosexual acting out. In fact, he cheered them on at the parish rededication. Nope! Cardinal Dolan saves discipline for orthodox priests like Fr. Justin Wylie of Holy Innocents parish who dared to say in a Sunday homily that the diocese appears to be the abandoning the flock who desire the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM). Holy Innocents is the only parish...
  • Archbishop Cordileone counters March for Marriage critics (response to Pelosi)

    06/17/2014 1:27:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | June 17, 2014
    Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in Rome on June 28, 2013. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. San Francisco, Calif., Jun 17, 2014 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has rejected California politicians’ criticism of the March for Marriage, stressing his duty to teach “the truth about marriage” even when it may not be popular. The June 19 March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., is “not anti-anyone or anti-anything,” Archbishop Cordileone said in a June 16 letter to political leaders, religious leaders, and leaders of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activist groups. “Rather, it is a pro-marriage march,” the archbishop...
  • Coalition Of Black Pastors Speaks Out Against Gay Marriage

    05/23/2014 4:17:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | May 15, 2014 | Kate Abbey-Lambertz, Huffington Post
    <p>At a recent rally, a large group of black pastors voiced their strong opposition to gay marriage.</p> <p>The rally was held against the backdrop of the current battle being fought in Michigan, where a state ban on gay marriage was overturned by Federal District Judge Bernard Friedman in March.</p>
  • Mayor Parker Drops Flashpoint Issue From Civil Rights Ordinance (Conservatives Advancing)

    05/13/2014 7:56:04 PM PDT · by magna carta · 2 replies
    KHOU Local News Houston ^ | May 13, 2014 | Doug Miller
    “This is a group of people that are generally homosexual activists,” said Liz Theiss, an opponent of the ordinance. “And they have obviously found someone in power in Mayor Parker to forward this bill and force it on the traditionalists in this city.”
  • After HGTV show cancellation, twins warn of censorship

    05/10/2014 6:34:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    cna ^ | May 10, 2014
    David and Jason Benham were to have hosted the HGTV show Flip It Forward. Charlotte, N.C., May 10, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Twin brothers David and Jason Benham have said they are “saddened” that their reality show about giving houses to poor persons was cancelled following controversy over their opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. “With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals,” the two said in...
  • The Gaying of America

    05/09/2014 10:13:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 9, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    In Making Gay Okay, Robert Reilly says the ascendancy of men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) started with Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s victory over Aristotle and that once philosophy fell the triumphant march through the institutions was quick and maybe even inevitable.Reilly explains that the debate centers on the question of what is natural and not, and how to distinguish between right and wrong. He describes how the Greeks fell in love with reality when they discovered nature and that the purpose of things was knowable and unchangeable even by the whim of gods.The author writes, “A dog wagged his tail because that was the...
  • Another first for Episcopalians: A Bishop’s Decision to Divorce

    05/06/2014 3:12:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 6, 2014
    All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of ‘til death do us part.’ But not all of us are able to see it through.Life is hard. And it just keeps on coming, ready or not. Somewhere inside me, I guess I thought that life in “retirement” would be more peaceful, easier somehow. But I am also not naďve enough to believe it for long.Recently, my partner and husband of 25-plus years and I decided to get divorced. While the details of our situation will remain appropriately private, I am...
  • Another defeat for gay ‘marriage’ in Northern Ireland

    05/05/2014 2:59:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 5, 2014 | COLIN KERR
    Northern Ireland's Assembly BELFAST, Northern Ireland, May 5, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) –– Once again, a measure to introduce same-sex “marriage” into Northern Ireland has failed, making it the only jurisdiction in Great Britain to have resisted the trend to redefine the institution of marriage. It is the third time in the past 18 months that the Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected same-sex “marriage” legislation. The bill was last introduced in the Northern Ireland Assembly last April, when it lost by a 53-42 vote. Six months before that, in October 2012, it lost 50-42. The Sinn Féin Party introduced the motion, which...